Note: Beginning Academic Year 2018–2019, MDiv students will follow the Stackable Curriculum. Please bear with us as we transition our curriculum. For program details, refer to the 2018–2019 PSR Academic Catalog.
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) at Pacific School of Religion is a graduate professional degree that prepares students for lay and ordained ministry, related vocations, and further academic study. The program meets the educational requirements for ordained ministry in most major Protestant denominations. Within the framework of a curriculum of required course work in biblical studies, history, theology, ethics, field education, formation for leadership, cultural resources for ministry, and ministerial practices for leadership, MDiv students can shape their course of study to reflect their particular interests or specialized ministries.
Note: For program details, refer to the 2018–2019 PSR Academic Catalog.
Before the end of your first semester of study, usually in October, you will complete an MDiv Entrance Interview in consultation with your advisor. By the end of your first academic year of study, you will submit a Vocational Academic Plan as a statement of covenant between you and PSR for the completion of your degree. This plan proposes a rationale for course selection in light of your vocational plans and denominational and academic requirements. For your convenience, you may download forms and guidelines relevant to these first year milestones, and they are additionally located in your MDiv program manual:
- MDIV ENTRANCE INTERVIEW
Submit online by October 31st for Summer/Fall new MDiv students
or March 30th for Intersession/Spring new MDiv students
- SPIRITUAL FORMATION PLAN
Complete Structured Conversation with Campus Pastor at the end of SPFT 1082/8182 (or in Spring semester) and submit your brief plan online by the last day of your first year
- MDIV VOCATIONAL ACADEMIC PLAN
Submit online by the last day of your first year
The Middler Review, a meeting held at midpoint in the MDiv program, is a comprehensive review of your theological understanding of ministry, academic record, field education experience, and development of proficiencies in ministry in the light of your denomination’s requirements for ordination and personal vocational objectives.
This Middler Review meeting — attended by you, your advisor, another faculty member, a denominational representative and a peer — is a time of support, assessment, review, and planning. It includes a middler interview with your advisor and the development of a substantive middler theological statement of 15-20 pages which forms the basis for discussion at the review meeting.
Upon completion of this review, you must submit a Middler Review report to your advisor in order to enter the program’s final year. It is strongly recommended and may in some cases be required for students to either have completed or be currently taking their Field Education requirement and Theology requirement before the Middler may be allowed. For your convenience, you may download forms and guidelines relevant to these first year milestones, and they are additionally located in your MDiv program manual:
Panel Assessment Guide and Form
Panel members submit at the end of your Middler ReviewSelf-Assessment Form
Submit a copy for your Middler packet
Middler Review Theological/Vocational Statement Guidelines
- Middler Information Session video tutorial
These video clips were recorded in February 2010 and do not replace the Middler Review Guidelines, but you are welcome to view these clips as supplementary information to the Guidelines. The panel consisted of Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean Mary Ann Tolbert, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs & Registrar Delphine Hwang, Assistant Dean for Students and Director of Community Life Donnel Miller-Mutia, and senior MDiv student at the time Lindsay Million.
01 Introduction (3:34)
02 Middler connection to other milestones (1:31)
03 The Panel (4:59)
Panel Q&A (3:38)
04 The Packet (8:51)
05 The Procedure for Preparation (7:46)
06 The Review (10:33)
Review Q&A (4:58)
07 The Middler Review Report (3:00)
08 The Middler Theological/Vocational Statement (6:12)
Finally, you will complete a Senior Integrative Essay at the end of the MDiv program. This essay is developed in the Senior Integrative Seminar (MDV 4500/8400), and should demonstrate the competencies of a person completing the required courses of study in the MDiv, and ready for professional ministry. In addition to this essay, you will also submit an MDiv Exit Interview. For your convenience, you may download forms and guidelines relevant to these first year milestones, and they are additionally located in your MDiv program manual:
Submit online by the last day of your last year.